Mocktail & Mocktini Guide

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The mocktini and mocktails are welcoming and park-friendly.  While some mixes are best for a back yard bbq, barbie or brei, we have added mason jar friendly measurements for those that carry well to your local park.  I am all for easy home-friendly tools and ingredients.  Some terms for common techniques you already use at home may be new – so we have definitions with links to demo videos.

Mocktail & Mocktini Recipes

8 oz (500 ml) Mason Jar:
1 wedge of lime
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 dashes salt & pepper
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
5 to 6 oz clamato juice
celery salt to rim glass
garnish: celery stalk
substitute: horse radish for Tabasco

Rim glass with wedge of lime and celery salt. Fill with ice and squeeze of lime. Top with clamato juice. Add Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt & pepper (to taste). Garnish and stir with celery stick.

32 oz Mason Jar for park:
5 cups clamato juice
¼ cup lime juice
1½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp celery salt 0r sea salt
black pepper to taste
optional: 1½ tbsp horseradish
garnish: lime wedges & celery stalks

A Canadian classic – the Caesar was invented in 1969 for a new Italian restaurant in Calgary.

500 ml mason jar
1 lemon wedge
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
3 dashes salt & pepper
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
5- 6 oz tomato juice
celery salt
garnish: celery stalk
substitute: horse radish for Tabasco.

Rim glass with lemon wedge and celery salt. Fill with ice and squeeze of lemon. Top with tomato juice. Add Worcestershire, Tabasco, and pepper (to taste). Garnish and stir with celery stick.

Named after a waitress at the Bucket of Blood nightclub in Chicago whose name was Mary.

4 cups honeydew, cut in 1″ pieces, then frozen
½ cups coconut water
⅓ cup mint leaves
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
½ tsp sea salt
½ cucumber, peeled & cut in 1″ pieces
garnish: cucumber slices

Blend until smooth.

½ cup sugar
2 tbs natural cocoa powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup water
2 cups almond milk
lemon wedge
optional garnishes: shaved chocolate or toothpick with strawberry.

Mix sugar and cocoa well. Rim edge of 4 martini glasses using lemon wedge & mixture. Simmer remaining mixture, cinnamon and water in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and cool.  Pour cooled syrup into a mason jar half filled with ice cubes.  Pour in almond milk and shake until well chilled.  Strain into martini glasses.

Park-friendly without rim:
Summer – 32 oz Mason Jar
Winter  – skip the ice and put in a hot thermos.

cinnamon sugar
1 part cranberry juice
1 part apple-cider or sparling apple-cider.

Rim glass with cinnamon sugar.
Serve over ice in martini, rock or tall glass.

Park-friendly without rim:
16 oz Mason Jar for mocktinis
32 oz Mason Jar for mocktails

11 blackberries
1½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz vanilla syrup

Combine 9 of the blackberries, the juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle well. Add the ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with 1 or 2 blackberries. 

2 cups ice
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
4 dashes lemon or orange (non-alcoholic) bitters
6-8 oz tonic water
optional garnish:  rock candy swizzle sticks

Add fresh lemon juice and bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frosty then divide into two champagne flutes.  Top off with tonic water about ¾ of the way up the glass.

Sub. for bitters: garnish with a twist. Twist a thin peel of orange or lemon rind.

1 grapefruit
optional: additional grapefruit segments for garnish
2 cups of ice
3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
handful fresh basil
¼ cup basil simple syrup (see recipe card)

Juice one large grapefruit. Fill ½ pitcher with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil.


garnish: limes
optional: zest of ginger

1 Tall Glass, a Mug, or 2 Rock glasses:
4 oz Mason Jar with rock glasses:
3 oz ginger beer
1 oz sparkling water
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

32 oz Mason Jar:
24 oz ginger beer
6 oz sparkling water
2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

Serve cold.

1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
1 Thai chile, split in half lengthwise
4 strips orange zest peel (3 inches long)
½ cup dried hibiscus flowers or 24 hibiscus tea bags
½ cup sugar
½ cup fresh lime juice
garnish:  lime slices 

Scrape vanilla seeds into saucepan; add pod, chile, orange zest, hibiscus, sugar, and 2 cups boiling water. Let steep 30 minutes until room temperature. Strain through sieve. Stir in lime juice and 2 cups cold water. Chill at least an hour. Pour over ice-filled glasses.

Make ahead. Cover and chill 3 days.

4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
1 cup coconut water
¼ – ½ cup jalapeño simple syrup 
garnish: lime & mint

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Agua Fresca – Spanish for ‘fresh waters” – non-alcoholic drinks

assorted melon balls (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe)
2 scoops of fruit sorbet (lemon, raspberry, mango)
mint leaves
sparkling water

Freeze the melon balls until frozen  (minimum 3 hours)

Put sorbet in glass, top with the frozen melon balls. Drop in mint leaves and top with sparkling water. Allow sorbet to melt.

fresh mint
Garnish: lime wedges and mint sprigs

Tall Glass:
1 lime
1 oz (4 oz) simple syrup
6 oz soda or sparkling water

32 oz Mason Jar:
4 limes
4 oz simple syrup
24 oz soda or sparkling water

Muddle mint with simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Add ice cubes. Squeeze half of lime into the glass. Cut other half into wedges and drop in. Top with soda water. Stir and add mint.

Learn how to muddle

1 Mug:
1 oz lime juice
4 oz ginger beer
1 tablespoon simple syrup (substitute maple syrup – for a Canadian Spy!)
2 oz sparkling water, tonic, or club soda

32 oz Mason Jar:
4 oz lime juice
16 oz ginger beer
4 tablespoon simple syrup
8 oz sparkling water, tonic, or club soda

Add all ingredients and stir well. Pour over ice cubes.  Garnish with a slice of lime or a small slice of ginger.

Refrigerate overnight.  Tastes better the next day.

Traditionally served in a copper mug that required a hefty deposit.
Cocktail designed in 1941 to get rid of surplus vodka and ginger beer in the US.

2 cups ginger ale
2 cups orange soda (substitute lemon-lime soda)
½ cup milk
4 scoops sherbet, orange
4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Mix ginger ale, soda and milk in a pitcher. Divide ice cream between 4 tall glasses and pour mix over each.
4 mandarin oranges, supremed ½ tsp vanilla extract 4 scoops vanilla ice cream, divided 3 cups sparking water Supreme oranges. Muddle in mason jar, with vanilla extract. Divide between 2 tall glasses or mugs. Add two scoops of ice cream to each glass. Top off with the soda. Stir once and serve. Learn how to supreme an orange Learn how to muddle

¼ cup coconut water
¼ cup coconut milk
1 cup ice
¼ cup diced pineapple chunks
¼ banana

Add to a blender and blend until smooth.

garnish: blood orange slices & rosemary sprig

Makes a tall glass, 2 rock glasses, or 4 mocktinis:
muddle rosemary
1 cup blood orange (fresh squeezed)
¼ cup sparkling water
optional: squeeze of lime juice

32 oz Mason Jar:
muddle rosemary 
3 cup blood orange (fresh squeezed)
¾ cup sparkling water
optional: juice of a lime

garnish: a maraschino cherry

Tall Glass or 2 Rock glasses:
2 oz part grenadine
6 0z parts coke or pepsi

32 oz Mason Jar:
8 oz part grenadine
24 0z parts coke or pepsi

Pour over ice.  Stir well and garnish.

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a maraschino cherry
⅓ cranberry juice
⅓ grapefruit juice
⅓ peach nectar

Mocktail in a tall glass or 2 rock glasses:
3 oz cranberry juice
3 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz peach nectar

32 oz Mason jar:
12 oz cranberry juice
12 oz grapefruit juice
8 oz peach nectar

Pour over ice in a chilled glass and stir. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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6 cups cubed watermelon (seedless)
¾ tsp sea salt
garnish: lime wedges

Purée watermelon in blender until smooth. Strain through sieve. Add salt. Pour into ice-filled glasses.

1 oz  grenadine
7 oz ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
garnish: maraschino cherry
optional: squeeze of lime or 1 part lime juice

Known in our house as a “California Sunrise”!

For Rock-n-roll Shirley: rim glass with pink Pop Rocks.

Collins glass:
⅓ cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup mango juice
¼ cup pineapple juice
1 tblsp fresh lime juice
2-3 oz tonic

32 oz Mason Jar:
1½ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup mango juice
1 cup pineapple juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
Pour juice over ice in jar.
Take 2-3 cans or a bottle of tonic water to top up glasses.
garnish: sprigs mint

Combine juice over ice and stir. Pour into glasses and top up with tonic water. Garnish with mint.

¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup granulated sugar or simple syrup
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled  (substitute frozen berries)
5 ounces (2/3 cup) sparkling water
2 cups ice cubes

Rim glasses with lime wedge & sugar.  Blend all other ingredients in blender until smooth.

2 cups orange juice
1 cup lime juice
3 inch piece turmeric
2 inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped
2 garlic cloves
sea salt
garnish: chili oil and mint sprigs

Blend orange juice, lime juice, turmeric, ginger, jalapeño, and garlic until smooth. Strain through sieve into glass. Salt. Drizzle with chili oil.

Recommended: Make a day ahead. Cover and chill.

Based on the Peruvian ceviche marinade, Lech de Tigre.

3 oz orange juice
top with soda or sparking water
a drop or two of grenadine
let sink – don’t stir!
garnish: maraschino cherry at bottom

Name your sunrise after your home town.

1 inch ginger diced or grated
1 inch turmeric diced or grated
optional: 1 garlic diced or grated
2 tsp honey
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 – 2 orange
2 cups water
pinch salt
optional garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine in pan and heat to boil. Simmer 10 minutes. Strain and serve hot in a mug.

Serve cold:
Let cool and strain over ice in martini glass. 

3 cups cubed chilled watermelon
1 cup coconut water
squeeze of lime juice
1 cup ice

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.1

Citrus Measure

For more juice:
Roll fruit on countertop before cutting in half.
Cut fruit in half and put in microwave for 15 to 30 seconds.

1 orange = 2 oz = 4 tbsp = ¼ cup juice
4 oranges = 1 cup

1 lemon = 1.5 oz = 3 tbsp juice
5.5 lemons = 1 cup

1 lime = 1 oz = 2 tbspn juice
2 lime = 2 oz = 4 tblspn = ¼ cup
8 limes = 1 cup

Limes are a dietary source of vitamin C.  Sailors used limes to ward off scurvy.

How to make Simple Syrups

Simple syrups are used in cocktails to add sweetness in a liquid form that mixes well with other ingredients.  Also used in teas, sauces, or as cake glazes.

Adding flavours to a simple syrup is an easy way to enhance flavours and use the natural health benefits of fruits and essential oils.

Demo Videos for:
Raspberry, Ginger, or Honey Syrup
Real Grenadine Syrup

Heat 1 cup sugar & 1 cup water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through.

Sub. honey for sugar – same 1:1 ratio.

Use maple syrup instead of simple syrup.

Steep1 cup fresh basil for 15-20 minutes. Strain and discard basil.

Simple syrup infused with 1 split vanilla bean per cup

Sub. 1 to 2 tspn of vanilla extract per 1 cup.

1 cup water
½ cup raw sugar or coconut sugar
1-2 jalapeños, halved lengthwise

Add halved jalapeños to boiling mix after sugar dissolves and simmer, covered, for an additional 5 mins. Remove from heat and allow jalapeños to steep in syrup until cooled, about 10 mins. Remove peppers before using syrup.

Coconut sugar will make a slightly muddier drink. 

How to make Shrubs

A vinegar cordial made with berries.  When tightly sealed in a jar, shrubs last about 6 months in the refrigerator.  For more frequent use, they last 6-8 weeks

 Combine 1 part fresh, stemmed fruit and 1 part granulated sugar in bowl in fridge overnight. The next day, strain out any solids and mix fruit syrup with 1 part vinegar. Whisk to combine.

Heat fruit, vinegar, and granulated sugar in saucepan on stove top, stirring until broken down. Remove fruit from the mixture and put through a sieve. Add to vinegar reduction and chill overnight.

¾ cup sugar
1½ lbs sliced fruit (peaches, strawberries, plums, or pineapple)
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
6 ounces spirit of choice
2 ounces fresh lemon juice

Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil. Add fruit and reserve some pieces for garnish. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a bowl; stir in vinegar. Cover and chill.

For each cocktail, shake 2 oz. shrub, 1½ oz. soda, and ½ oz. lemon juice in an ice-filled glass. Top with fruit.

6 ounces huckleberries (about 1 cup)
1½ cups sugar
1 cup white wine vinegar
8–10 cups club soda

Place huckleberries in 1 quart jar. Bring sugar and vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Pour hot vinegar mixture over berries and mix with a fork, crushing berries gently to release more flavor.  Seal jar and store in a cool dark place 4 days. Strain shrub through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth into a clean jar; cover and chill.  Check every week until vinegar flavor mellows to your liking.

For each drink, combine 3 Tbsp shrub with 1 cup club soda in a glass filled with ice.  Taste and add more shrub if you like.

Basic Terms & Demo Videos

Try these links for fast quick video guides.

Grenadine: is a pomegranate -flavored syrup (not cherry). Make a real grenadine syrup.

Supreme a citrus fruit: segmenting an orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon to remove membranes. See Supreme demo

Muddle: mash lightly or stir with wooden tool to release essential oils or juice.  A wooden spoon will do! See Muddle demo